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  • Border tourism booms since meeting of 2 Korean leaders

    05/20/2018 12:31:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | May 21, 2018 | IANS
    Tourism to security-related sights near the border between North and South Korea has boomed since the leaders of the two countries met last month, media reports said on Sunday. The number of visitors to tourist sights near the border has gone up 30 per cent, from 1,200-2,300 per day in the same period last year to 1,500-3,000 per day, Yonhap News agency reported. The sights include a tunnel constructed by North Korea for invading the South and the Dora Observatory from which the North Korean village of Kaesong is visible. The local government also ascribed the rise in the number...
  • Dems Defend MS-13 Against Trump Slander [semi-satire]

    05/19/2018 1:50:42 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 May 2018 | John Semmens
    This week President Trump again described members of the heinous immigrant gang MS-13 as "animals." His remarks came in response to a complaint that California law forbids local law enforcement officers from notifying ICE that MS-13 gang members are in custody in county jails—resulting in their release back into the community instead of their deportation. Two high-ranking Democrats assailed Trump's remarks. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer characterized the President's words as "a slander against the kind of people who make our country great. Let's not forget that we are a nation of immigrants. If it weren't for the daring and...
  • Is This The Worst Scandal In Minnesota History?

    05/15/2018 6:24:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Center of the American Expiriment ^ | May 14, 2018 | John Hinderaker
    It is certainly a contender. Fox 9 television uncovers a far-reaching scandal: last year, more than $100 million in cash left the Twin Cities airport in carry-on luggage, bound for the Middle East and Africa: This story begins at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where mysterious suitcases filled with cash have become a common carry-on. On the morning of March 15, Fox 9 chased a tip about a man who was leaving the country. Sources said he took a carry-on bag through security that was packed with $1 million in cash. Travelers can do that, as long as they fill out...
  • Detainee asked to be let off plane in Alaska 'cause he 'hadn't seen daylight for a very long time'

    05/10/2018 2:09:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | May 10, 2018 | Jennifer Smith
    One of three Americans who were freed from North Korea on Thursday asked to be let off the US State Department plane which brought them home as it refuelled in Alaska because he had not seen daylight for 'a very long time', it has been revealed. Kim Dong- chul, Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang-duk, also known as Tony Kim, arrived at Joint Air Base Andrews in Maryland at 2 am on Thursday. They were greeted by President Trump and the first lady on the tarmac. At around 6pm, their plane stopped in Anchorage, Alaska, to refuel where one of the...
  • Some Credit Cards are having system issues and denying charges.

    05/10/2018 5:44:00 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 12 replies
    May 10, 2018 | Vanity
    Citibank and Barclay Credit Cards can be denied based on systems issues. Barclay readily acknowledges they have an issue but it took over 20 minutes on the phone with Citibank for them to get their administration to acknowledge they have an issue. In my specific case I was trying to buy an airline ticket but it kept getting a system error. Calls to the CC company did not fix the problem, however it was nice to find out it was their issue. It seem strange that both Citi and Barclay would have the same issue at the same time. Looks...
  • Melania Trump tourism: First lady's hometown Sevnica lures visitors

    05/09/2018 2:11:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CNN Travel ^ | May 9, 2018 | John Malathronas
    It may have brightly painted walls and leafy gardens, but Savo Kladnik Elementary School is unlikely to be on anyone's must-visit travel list. Or at least that was the case until November 2016, when a certain former pupil -- Melania Trump -- was revealed as the next first lady of the United States. Now Savo Kladnik, named after a political activist slain in World War II, is one of the key stops on a tour of the Slovenian town of Sevnica where the third Mrs. Trump spent her formative years. While the rest of Slovenia has been somewhat slow to...
  • How to visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone

    05/06/2018 6:23:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Travel ^ | May 3, 2018 | Kate Springer
    All eyes are on the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) right now, where South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in April and vowed to bring peace to the peninsula. Even the US President could be on his way there. A source told CNN in May that Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet President Trump at the DMZ, a no-man's land about 30 miles north of Seoul that was established in the 1953 Korean War Armistice Agreement. Dividing the peninsula like a scar, the 160-mile-long treaty zone isn't just a strategic political meeting place...
  • "Earth's Magnetic Field not flipping tonight, perhaps.." John Batchelor Show

    05/02/2018 6:45:59 AM PDT · by Voption · 4 replies
    The John Batchelor Show WABC- NY ^ | May 2, 2018 | John Batchelor/Robert Zimmerman
    Blue Origin test flight, China's space-program, SLS, earth's magnetic field flipping?
  • Alien World [Mars Meridiani Planum]

    04/30/2018 11:48:22 AM PDT · by Voption
    Behind the Black ^ | April 30, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    "Meridani Planum is located on the equator due east of the giant canyons of Valles Marineris. It is a subsection region inside Arabia Terra, the largest of the transition zones between the lower elevation vast plains of the northern hemisphere and the higher elevation crater southern highlands."
  • "Mars rover update: April 27, 2018."

    04/27/2018 3:35:49 PM PDT · by Voption · 14 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | April 27, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    Summary: Curiosity’s exploration of Vera Rubin Ridge is extended, while an attempt by Opportunity to climb back up Perseverance Valley to reach an interesting rock outcrop fails.
  • What You Need To Know About The Space Law Congress Is Considering [Has passed April 24}

    04/25/2018 3:53:00 PM PDT · by Voption · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 11, 2017 | Robert Zimmerman
    The House yesterday passed a new law to reform the commercial space licensing rules...Essentially, the bill shifts a majority of commercial space regulation to the Department of Commerce, and matches somewhat closely the recommendations being put forth by the Trump administration. The bill appears to be almost identical to the version I analyzed in great detail in an op-ed for The Federalist last year.
  • Brown Vows Revenge on Anti-Sanctuary Cities [semi-satire]

    04/23/2018 10:19:32 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Apr 2018 | John Semmens
    Now that the second largest county in California has joined a growing list of cities opposing the state’s sanctuary policies, an irate Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has vowed “to take vengeance on these lowlifes.” The spark provoking this promise came when the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to direct the county attorney to file a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the Trump Administration’s lawsuit against the state’s attempt to flout federal immigration laws. “If these people thought they’ve had it tough before paying for the medical, education, and welfare needs of our undocumented immigrants, I want them to know that...
  • Putting the HA in Hart Mountain

    04/22/2018 6:02:38 PM PDT · by Peter ODonnell · 9 replies
    original to FR | Apr 22, 2018 | Peter O'Donnell
    We live in western Canada but we love to travel to the western states. One place that always intrigued me was Hart Mountain Antelope Reserve in southern Oregon. So we had the chance to visit this remote area last week, hoping to see some of the resident thousands of antelope (pronghorns). The scenery was awe-inspiring, in particular the western side where we entered is a sheer cliff that rises above a chain of lakes. It was a clear day but despite several stops and scans with binoculars, no luck seeing antelope. So as we were driving out of the sanctuary,...
  • "Yosemite Flood: April 7, 2018"

    04/21/2018 7:13:51 AM PDT · by Voption · 14 replies
    YouTube/NPS ^ | April 11, 2018 | Yosemite National Park
    "Heavy rain and melting snow flooded Yosemite Valley last weekend, covering some roads with four feet of water. Visitors were evacuated in advance. Turn up the volume and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience! (6:08 total)
  • "SpaceX in Los Angeles"

    04/20/2018 10:31:44 AM PDT · by Voption · 17 replies
    John Batchelor Show/ WABC Radio NY ^ | April 20, 2018 | John Batchelor/Robert Zimmerman
    Rocket Lab, SpaceX takes over Los Angeles, Putin surrenders to Elon Musk, DJT and the National Space Council, the FCC whines about Space Regulation, and Long March 5 failure announced...
  • American Samoa Congressional Delegate Proposes Easier Path To Citizenship For AMERICAN Samoans

    04/19/2018 8:25:32 PM PDT · by coconutt2000 · 34 replies
    In response to a recent The Hill article that covered the latest lawsuit for birthright citizenship, the Hon. Delegate to Congress for AMERICAN SAMOA, Amata Radewagen, wrote “the Hill’s headline ‘American Samoa residents sue for citizenship’ is not accurate”.
  • "Zooming in on a Martian Surprise"

    04/19/2018 3:07:59 PM PDT · by Voption · 26 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | April 19, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    .... Above is a global map of Mars, showing its largest and well known geological features...smaller than Earth, its lack of oceans means that Mars’ actual dry surface has about the same square footage as the continents of Earth. It is a vast place. Getting a close look at every spot is going to take many decades of work, and probably won’t be finished until humans are actually walking its surface... ...let’s pick a spot to the west of Olympus Mons, the solar system’s largest volcano, and between Tharsis Montes, the string of only slightly smaller giant volcanoes to the...
  • Imaging restrictions on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

    04/17/2018 12:35:56 PM PDT · by Voption · 24 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | April 17, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    "In releasing a new set of four captioned images today from the high resolution camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), the captions from each also included this paragraph: 'HiRISE has not been allowed to acquire off-nadir [straight down] targeted observations for a couple of months due to MRO spacecraft issues, so many high-priority science objectives are on hold.' The image restrictions are probably related to either or both the battery and reaction wheel issues noted in recent status reports.
  • Boy finds treasure linked to Viking king 'Harald Bluetooth' on Baltic island

    04/16/2018 11:23:44 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 31 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | Apr 17, 2018 | AP
    Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets linked to the era of Danish King Harald Gormsson have been found on the northern German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea.
  • Another Grand Canyon (Hiking) Tour; South Rim, Clear Creek, Phantom Ranch

    04/14/2018 3:31:18 AM PDT · by Voption · 9 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | April 7, 2017 | Robert Zimerman
    "Because I live in southern Arizona, I take advantage of this location to make an annual trip to the Grand Canyon. On my previous trips I’ve talked about the right way to hike the canyon (slowly!) and then provided some suggestions for proper preparation....This time I am simply going to suggest two hikes. One is very easy and should be done by every visitor to the South Rim. The other hike is for those who go to the bottom, and reserve themselves one day there for a day hike. Ninety percent of all visitors to the Grand Canyon never step...